We are keen to hear your opinion on anything related to the curriculum. We believe criticism is valuable and constructive, but change takes place through the provision of better alternatives. We are not claiming to have those - but we are striving to think about what those might be.
Economics can discuss the key issues of today, whilst providing solutions for a better tomorrow. Economics is a subject built on the premise of problem-solving. But what problems do we solve and how can we solve problems that will provide the greatest returns to society. Let start by at least talking about the likes of: climate change, social inequality, resource depletion or poverty.
Economics can incorporate a more critical eye for mainstream practises - we believe this will actually help people understand the theory that they are critiquing.
Economics does not have to be a religion founded on a single textbook.
Economics can contain far more real world application than one might think.
Economics can be fit for the 21st century. The world we live in is changing rapidly, new problems are always arising but the economic discipline is moving extremely slowly. We demand the Economic Department to be more open-minded and up-to-date with the evolution and direction of economics.
Economics can a have better understanding of human behaviour and of the way the world works by: striking a better balance between quantitative and qualitative.
Undergraduate economics should involve more judgement on the good or bad of particular mechanisms. Problems needs to be prioritised, solutions need to be evaluated and evaluations have to be made. As a discipline it should not shy away from its ‘normative’ side.
“Is my economics class ever going to get round to addressing the questions that motivated me to take up economics in the first place”
Yes, part of our criticism of economic applies to what economics has become as a subject. And people often say to us, ‘well you seem to have be more concerned with the subject rather than how the university teaches it’. This is not true: we want more from both. Although, the subject of economics and the teaching of it are two separate issues, they are very interlinked. The discipline is evolving slowing and needs to change more quickly. The same applies to the University of Edinburgh, universities around the country, and globe, are adapting faster than Edinburgh and as a so called ‘world-leading’ university, let's be at forefront of the economic discipline.
It’s important to note, these are our opinions and we are not claiming everyone has them. We also do not intend to present this is an endlessly negative light. Our desire for change is built on a positive 'what could be', rather than 'what it is not'.